The ICVS/3B’s at the University of Minho in collaboration with the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (EXPERTISSUE EEIG), created the PhD program on Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, (TERM&SC). This Program was selected for Funding under the scope of the call from the Portuguese Science Foundation IP, and Ministry of Technology and Higher Education (FCT / MCTES), and the European Social Fund through the Operational Programme Human Capital (HC OP) which finances 6 scholarships per year to be awarded to selected candidates.

This highly internationalized PhD program, coordinated by the ICVS/3B’s, University of Minho, in collaborations with the Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (EXPERTISSUES European Economic Interest Group) aims at providing training of excellency to young hybrid researchers in interdisciplinary fields covering advanced biomaterials, nano/micro-technologies in regenerative medicine, isolation/expansion of stem cells, processing, modification and evaluation of hybrid systems for tissue engineering, response of cells and tissues to materials, in vivo screening, pre- and clinical tests and exploitation of tissue engineering products and cellular therapies.

The TERM&SC Doctoral Program aims at attracting both national and international students with excellent academic and/or professional records, namely previous research experience. More detailed information about this Doctoral Program can be obtained by following this link http://termsc.3bs.uminho.pt/

Under the scope of the present call for application, the Program Directive Committee is responsible for the selection of the candidates that will be awarded with the FCT scholarships, being the respective contracts performed directly with FCT. As so, and in the terms of the Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação Científica, approved by law nº 40/2004 of August 18, in its current form, and of the Regulamento de Bolsas da Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, The Directive Commission opens the call for selection of candidates to be awarded with the individual scholarships.

 -PhD STUDENTSHIPS (BD): 6 The applicant must fulfill the requirements described in the n.º 1 of Article 30.º from Law nº 74/2006, of March 24, changed by Law nº 107/2008, of June 25, and 230/2009, of September 14. The scholarship is annual, eventually renewed until a maximal of 4 years, and it cannot be awarded to periods of less than 6 consecutive months. 

-PROFILE OF THE CANDIDATE: Candidates to the TERM&SC Doctoral Program should preferentially hold an MSc degree on Biomedical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Materials Engineering, Biology, Medicine, Biochemistry, Medicine or related/equivalent areas.

Candidates that can apply to the present call:

National’s citizens or nationals of other member states of the European Union;

Citizens of third countries, residence permit holders or beneficiaries of long-term resident status as provided for in Law 23/2007, of July 4, amended by Law No. 29/2012, of August 9;

Citizens of third countries with which Portugal has signed reciprocity agreements;

Citizens of third countries, provided that the appropriate opening announcement is provided for an individual interview selection method.

Not eligible citizens who have already benefited, for the same purpose scholarships of the same type of placed now in competition, if they have been directly funded by FCT.

-PERIOD OF APPLICATION: Deadline for applications was extend to the 14th of June 2016.

 -DOCUMENTS: The full application must include the following documents to the email info@3bs.uminho.pt.

  • Full CV sign and date;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Copy of identification card;
  • Copy of the Certificate of academic degrees with grade;
  • Reference letters;

-SELECTION METHODS: The evaluation of the applications is based on Academic Qualifications and Interview. The evaluation criteria for each method is as follows:

1. Curriculum Evaluation (50%)
1.1 Academic qualifications and Research Experience (25%)
1.2 Motivation of the candidate and quality of the feedback received from the reference letters (25%)
2. Interview (50%)
2.1   Professional and behavioral skills during the interview

A good standard in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills is also required, candidates will be interviewed in English either in person or by video conference.

The candidates will be classified with a scale of 1 to 20 for each criterion, and only candidates classified with a score above 15 in the Curriculum Evaluation will be admitted to the Interview.

Interviews will be conducted by a Selection Committee appointed by the Directive Board, including potential supervisors and members of the Directive Board.  The interviews will take place at 3B’s Research Group in July 2016.

-NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS: The final evaluation will be published through the list ordered according to final score. It will be posted in a public location of the 3B´s Research Group, the successful candidate will be notified by e-mail with the respective minute.

In case the decision to be made is not favorable to the award of the required scholarship, the candidates have a 10 working days deadline, after release of the results, to pronounce against the results according to the terms determined by the Portuguese Administrative Procedure Code. After the final decision is made, an appeal can be performed addressing the FCT, within a 15 working days deadline after the respective notification.

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